I can almost hear the collective voices of each team’s front office: “Listen, Lebron (followed by the awkward car salesman laugh) we know we’re horrible. But we did this all for you.”
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You have two great players and to quote Bill the butcher in Gangs of New York “a handful of rag tags?” They play zero defense and D’antoni’s teams never have. Lebron has developed a love for defense and knows how vital it is to winning. He comes from a culture in which his coach didn’t even install an offense until his team could defend. The Nets…..well they’re 6-54!!!! Not one time have they won more than one game in a calendar week. The Cavs are on a 5 game winning streak. You have to go back to January of last season for the last time they won more than 5 games in a month. The culture of losing in these places is running rampant and pretty much has been deemed acceptable by their front offices because they believe the end will justify the means.
he has a team full of players he loves. He genuinely enjoys being around these guys. He has a coach that is young and enthusiastic about defense and will basically let Lebron do whatever he wants on offense as long as he plays D. He has Danny Ferry who has transformed this roster from a superstar and a “handful of rag tags” into one of the deepest teams I can recollect that features (once Z comes back) 13 players that have a legitimate argument for playing time. He turned Ira Newble, Donyell Marshall, Tony Battie, Larry Hughes, Damon Jones, Sasha Pavlovic, Shannon Brown, Cedric Simmons and next year’s 1st rounder into Mo Williams, Delonte West, Anderson Varejao, Shaq, Antawn Jamison and Danny Green. We have a PG who at one point clinched a trip to the finals for us and is 2nd in the NBA in 3 pt shooting and he can’t even sniff the court. Then their is the owner. The true MVP of the trade deadline this year. Dan Gilbert has built a state of the art practice facility closer to Lebron’s home. He spends money on his team like the 1’s are white, 5’s are pink, and 50’s are blue and its his cash that freed up Ferry to manuever as his has, and he shows now sings of pulling those chips off the table anytime soon.
It seems like a no brainer to me. Stay home. Win a few titles. Become immortalized in your hometown (close to it anyway) and bring your grandkids up to the Q to see your statue one day. Wait…what??? Isiah Thomas endorsed the Knicks to Lebron. I’m stressed all over again.